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completely change the profile of california politics. we sit down with former mayor willie brown and talk to him about all of this political money spending. does it really make a difference? and mayor is talking about should it be drained or not? >> also, the latest on superstars andy. we start with developing news in urban california. >> that's right. a strike against the supermarket chain. >> contracts with union members. there was a deadline of midnight her to the united food and commercial workers union has started picketing outside of grocery stores. the two sides have been arguing over a wage freeze and end the suffering of his on sunday and change in medical benefits for 7000 workers. >> it affects my livelihood. it affects my family. i have two daughters i'm trying to put through school. >> they need to come to some kind of an agreement. both sides can lose. >> they offered to extend an old contract for three days so they could keep talking about it, but union negotiators called that a symbol delaying tactics. the supermarket chain says it needs to cut costs because of weak econom
the biggest case of money laundering that we have seen in california. >> reporter: several organizations including nonprofit california common cause that filed the complaint with the state claimed one of the groups involved, the center to protect patient rights, has ties to the billionaire kosh broth koch brothers. they're investigating the large donation since they require contributors be identified if they give to nonprofits with the intent to spend money on state campaigns. >> we're going to pursue every option we have to ensure that the political transparency laws in california are adhered to and whether it is with respect to this particular organization from arizona or any of the other groups that are also involved in this matter. >> reporter: one of the campaigns funded by the $11 million is prop 30, a tax initiative sponsored gi governor brown. the other is prop 32 which will ban payroll deductions for political purposes. >> i'm curious about who are these people that think they need to secretly influence california elections, and where is the money coming from? >> we need more
that continue to do better. in states like california that are now threatened with exact same spending problems that we've seen in washington. stuart: travis brown, ma pleasure indeed, you're the first guest on the show and you called it for romney. you're on videotape. thank you very much. new at 10 we will get the latest poll from maris and rasmussen reports. it's a dead heat with the other polls with less than a day to go. at the top of the hour, a fresh look at the race with the very latest polls, fresh out of the box this morning. don't forget tomorrow there will be two servings of "varney & company," we will be on at our regular time. 9:20 a.m. eastern and then back tomorrow night for a "varney & company" special election edition, 5 p.m. eastern, please don't miss it, all-star lineup for you. back to the column, apple says it virtually sold out of the ipad mini, 3 million sold, really? >> here is the thing. 3 million ipads sold over three days, however, they're not breaking whether it was ipad mini or the original ipad or the ipad 3 or the 2 or whatever, okay? all we know 3 million ipads
. >>> next year lottery fans in california may be able to try their luck at powerball. state lottery commission is discussing new rules to join 42 other states in the big drawing. >> especially now after that jock pot. cbs 5 reporter anne makovec with the bay area fans who just can't wait to play. >> every week twice a week super lotto, mega, and even fantasy also. i try my luck. >> reporter: this is no short average dreamers in california. >> we pay like 10 bucks a month and combine it. >> reporter: ocean supermarket in milpitas sold a $14 million super lotto plus ticket in september and today, the state announced the winner's name, ty nguyen. the store gets 1/2% or $70,000. >> she is lucky. i hope the next will be me. [ laughter ] >> reporter: and soon there will be a new game in town the one that's had people lining up for days powerball the multistate lottery. so far californians are lift out of the fun. >> i would play. >> reporter: california retailers could beginning selling the $2 tickets in april of next year. powerball is expected to bring california an extra $90 to $120 mi
advocating for the two-tame mayor of san francisco now liting governor of california starting to take shape all across the country. tuesday's elections with a huge yes to women's issues, gay rights, drug reform, and seriously address the issue of climate change. tonight we'll talk about next steps. we can't afford to lean back and celebrate our wins. we need to continue to move forward, leaning forward. let's explore what needs to be don't on it. our guests will include chris lehans aide to al gore and political consultant. an then legendary willie brown with key measures that move the vote. and now that the onslaught of the elections is finally oh over let's get the back story of why jeff goodby does in the like politics. but first we have chris lehans. the elections were predictable but in some respects unpredictable. there were gains in women in the senate, the drug challenge and gay marriage in ways we haven't seen in the past. a when is your sense on this election in history. >> i think people will look back at this election as a tipping point in the country. what you saw was a demogra
in time as we did in alameda county in the oakland area of northern california and look at things like red lining maps and racial residential segregation racially restrictive covenants. you can actually map out areas where certain populations notably african-americans but also asian americans and latinos were not allowed to live. and where there was systemic disinvestment from those communities and then you come to today and you can overlay maps of life expectancy on those areas and you see the biggest disparities, actually occurring in the very same place as where there has been 20, 30, 40 years of systemic disinvestment from those communities. so the implication is that segregation has not only economic impacts but it also has profound health impacts that can be manifest in the actual length of people's lives. >> dr. iton, the idea here at current, the reason we're doing this is to bring people's attention to hunger. when you tie them with poverty even more so. tell us about a program that's the fresh works fund progra
from mississippi. caller: i am a retired firefighter from mississippi -- from california. disasters, and most jurisdictions find they are overwhelmed by the time of happens, because disasters over what every jurisdiction. whether you are in new york or mississippi, the jurisdictions in charge of tried to mitigate the problems are so overwhelmed, and most of them are victims themselves. we need a national fire disaster program that exist within the federal cover that. the resources are there with a going to a lot of expense. all disasters are similar to what would happen in a hotel. if everyone goes into a hotel, they see what to happen when a fire starts, how to get out. once they are out, they need to be accounted for, and you need to have in the emergency service that can come in and mitigate the problem. most jurisdictions do not have the resources to do this. when it comes to police and fire -- when it comes to things that have to do with police, we have the fbi that is a national organization that has the resources to do things that the local to restrictions, whether state or l
, new york, pennsylvania, california have gone democratic in six straight elections. the other two, ohio and florida have swung democratic in two elections. and in texas, the white folks in chief connection texas -- texas are now a minority. >>> do you think this was a split verdict? >> not at all. the president won 51.4% of the popular vote which he becomes the sixth president in history to win two terms with over 50% of the dwight eisenhower, i might add. he won an electoral college landslide. george w. bush with a much smaller electoral win pronounced he had a mandate. this president is not going to use that language, it is oh, so 20th century, not how he intends to govern. but beneath the numbers of a reelected president, a senate that is divided, there was an earthquake. it was an election that, republicans should have won in a bad economy, with all that money, and they lost virtually every group. they even lost cubans in florida, which used to reliable vote. so you have to ask what does the republican party do next? but that is not my top priority frankly. >> don't broad brush it e
burned to the ground and others flooded. >> things like this happened in missouri and in california and they don't happen here . this is -- it is terrible. >> gretchen: amazingly no one was killed or seriously hurt. a train goes up in flames in louisville, kentucky . they were trying to separate two rail cars that derailed. it was carries husband dus material. hobby lobby, a christian owned business will argue about employers having to cover insurance cost for the morning after pill . the hearing is expected to begin at 10 : 30 this morning. long-time senator bob men edez. daily caller reporting that while he was in dominican republic. that he used two prostitutes. they recognized him later as the septemberor. he is up for reelection on tuesday. his spokesman said we refuse to respond to a false accusation. mr. 1: that is quite a story. exercise your second amendment right and you would pay the price. one county one step closer to taxing gun owners for health care costs. >> the president's david axelrod betting his own mustache on a win in minnesota. he might not want to see the pol
" national popular vote plan" and it should end it. >> eliot: and if california jumps in. >> california has signed on. that's right. if mitt romney wins the popular vote and barack obama wins the electoral college vote then i think the electoral college will blow up. it will explode. republicans won't stand for that that. >> eliot: jack welch will say its conspiracy. there are other flaws in the voting system. there rampant with the intellectual problems that we have to deal with. >> the point of origin is the constitution which does not confirm the affirmative right to vote. early on the framers passed it over to the states. everything became localized which is why we have 13,000 different voting districts with its own ballot design. ballot designed by count supervisors, while i respect them they're not designers. that's why you get the butterfly ballot. >> eliot: you're being kind to them. you're right by and large they're hard working good folks. sometimes the design errors are simply poor judgment or a mistake. but there are efforts by many people to prevent people to vote. >> absolute
in santa barbara, california. caller: hello. good morning. i guess my comment is, and kind of glad that the spectacle of elections are over. and maybe we can start to focus on some of the serious issues that still remain. i notice you just made a comment that reid had put out an olive branch to john boehner and mitch mcconnell. i am hoping that at some point in the future that may be c-span can run some segments on the article 5 convention. i really think that we needed to a convention of state delegates to deliberate over certain issues that none of the candidates talked about. i am very concerned about proprietary source codes and electronic voting machines. i am concerned about voter fraud, i am concerned about corporate control of what makes it out of a committee to the floor for a vote and what does not. my comment is, am glad the elections are over. i hope it can start to address some serious issues. host: that is john in santa barbara. usa today lead editorial -- voters can obama a subdued second term mandate. barack obama is election in 2008 made history purity become the f
back. how california train robberies are hurting your wallet. >>> then the vice president, mr. joe biden, takes on a second job as an actor. >> announcer: coming up next it's "30 rock" followed by access hollywood live. at 1:00 watch "days of our lives" on the nbc bay area. >>> a crime that dates back more than 100 years appears to be making a comeback as nbc investigative reporter steven stock tells us, this is a crime that's costing americans billions of dollars every year. >> reporter: this is one of those crimes that very few people want to talk about but one that impacts every one of us nearly every day. it's thieves stealing tens of thousands, even millions of dollars worth of merchandise right off moving freight trains. and while it may sound like something out of a spaghetti western movie from the wild wild west, we discovered that it's happening all over the country nearly every day and that some of the hottest spots for this theft are right here in california. >> reporter: in a remote place like this one, when the sun goes down, the risk of cargo theft from passing freigh
, illinois, california, and new york, the democrats are going to pick up 104 electoral college there and they did nothing there except go there for fund-raisers. that just shows you how sure we have of these states that are so blue and so red. but it's those nine states that we're talking about. that's what it's going to come down to, those nine battleground states and they are all-- with the possible exception of ohio-- all within the margin of error right now. >> pelley: norah, what do you see going into election tonight? >> one of the things i think is interesting is how much of the country has voted today before election day, the so-called early vote. it's been growing over the years. today we've seen more than 30 million people have turned out at the polls. interestingly enough, scott, the battleground state where this early vote has turned out. look at this. colorado, 77% has already voted. nevada. 72%. north carolina, 63% has already voted. in florida 53%. iowa 44%. and ohio 31%. john dickerson and i were talking about this earlier today. we could have most of the result
from california to help restore power, getting fuel into the area, and direct assistance to help with food and lodging. this is going to take a while. we're doing everything we can that we stand by the people in the eastern seaboard. >> your predecessor karl rove, top strategist for george w. bush, has said that hurricane sandy the last week, has helped give the president a real boost politically? >> listen, we're not worried about the politics. we're worried about doing the right thing by those acted by the race. we think this has been a stable race. i think karl rove might have said that, because a few days ago he predicted a big romney win. listen, we're confident that the president has the electoral votes to win this, if we get our vote out. and that's what we're focused on. >> you remain so confident. you talked about the firewall. ohio, iowa and wisconsin. but we're seeing mitt romney going to pennsylvania today. i know you and a lot of democrats think that's a desperation move. but some of the polls are tightening right there. and it is a state that you haven't invested a
could be in big trouble, this time for allegedly manipulating the price of electricity in california. regulators are threatening to fine barclays $470 million for allegedly gaming the market to lower prices just so it could make bigger profits later. the bank denies the scheme. >>> an unusual sight to bring you along the mexico/arizona border. instead of digging a tunnel, smugglers tried to build makeshift ramp to try to drive over the border fence. as you can see, they came up just a bit short. they did manage to run off, but they left their jeep teetering some 14 feet in the air. >> a balancing act. >> that is some balance there. >>> hey, sam, how about some national weather? >> as we do that, i want to thank wabc for giving us the flight yesterday. they're always in the air, by the way, and the best in the business. let me show you what's going on with this cold air that drops down in behind the storm. wait until you see these temperatures. it's what folks without power don't need are these temperatures. look at the high temperatures. they're close to the 40s by the time we get in
of electricity in california. regulators are threatening to fine barclays $470 million for gaming the markets for lower prices just so it can make bigger profits later. the bank denies the scheme. >>> an unusual sight to bring you along the mexico/arizona border. smugglers made a makeshift ramp to drive over the border. they abandoned the jeep some 14 feet in the air. >>> sam, how about national weather? >> as we do that, i want to thank wabc for giving us the flight yesterday. they're always in the air, by the way, and the best in the business. let me show you what's going on with this cold air that drops behind the storm. wait until you see these temperatures. it's what folks without power don't need, these temperatures. look at the high temperatures. they're close to the 40s by sunday and maybe monday in new york city. we're going to see colder air dipping in after that. the possibility of all of this rain into the northwest, now drying out, is good news. it's been six days of heavy rain in seattle, also in the portland area. we've seen california begin to dry out a little bit. that will h
. satellite and radar shows where that system is in relation to the rest of northern california. as a resume in taking a look at the san francisco bay area, showers still passing through. we will take it got to storm trochophore. the green on your screen indicates light rain for the most part. heavier rain fell to the overnight hours. sprinkles right now in downtown san francisco of course you will need to use your windshield wipers. this is not a big rain maker at least not anymore. we are just seeing some showers on the back in. i do want to assume a neighborhood by neighborhood. we are trying out for santa rosa, rommel park. as we take it to napa and shall have passed to their however slight frame for american canyon. as we take it down to san raphael the showers are starting to push through. that are crossing the richmond san rafeal bridge over to the east bay we see moderate rainfall over concord highway 4 and 242. taking a look at oakland alameda and piedmont agreed on your screen indicate light rain. it is going to write for the rest of the morning. it will become more spotty as we he
. the polls are open right now in california, we are all at our abc election headquarters right here in times square. our whole team is going to be out in force all day, all night long as the votes come in. i know robin is watching at home. she's actually going to vote today. we welcome elizabeth vargas. >> thank you, we're all going to vote today. guess what the first votes are in in new hampshire, george, dixville notch, five votes for president obama. five votes for governor romney. that may be a harbinger for you all night long. >> it's been a deadlock all way. let's go to santa monica, california right now. polls are open, votes cast all across america right now. some americans voted before today. mitt romney is not going to stop campaigning. he is campaigning today in pennsylvania and ohio. he knows he needs to win one of those two states. >> trying to eke out every vote that he can. of course, we're not just watching the election polls today. we're also watching the weather. another huge story that's looming is that storm, a nor'easter that's brewing off the east coast. and sam, this w
and barack obama according to the polls is going to win california and as he should. there are a lot of supporters. he's a great individual, but i think at the margin when people are focused on small business and growth and opportunities for small business entrepreneurs and reducing regulation i think people do think about different options. >> do you worry about regulation in the tech sector? one of its last industries that probably doesn't have nearly the same regulation as many of the other industries. >> as i sit here today, i don't worry about it, but one of the things i worry about is, one of the areas of investment we're excited about spending more time on is what i call the asset light generation and if you look at the fact that you can walk out your apartment door in the morning, with your smartphone and your tablet, and you've got, in effect have cash on your phone, your media library on the phone, you can get news and information, a taxi, all sorts of things, a hotel room, i think one of the things i worry about is the regulation of some of these companies that are putting
that happens. i next caller in anaheim, california. caller: >> the first part of my question, i have two daughters currently attending private school. i this move them from a public school. my cost is approximately $30 per student day -- there were two teachers, it was a well-known program, private instruction, the average class size was 10 students. more days per school year than the public school, and so forth -- now they're getting older and i am moving them into the public school system. i got a note that said, if your children are absent or are not there during the course of the year for a given day, the school does not receive money for the days they are not there -- we were hoping we would make a country should recover their costs of $40 a student day. how is it that at a public level where they have a fraction of the number of days of instruction per year and hours per day are shorter, they are asking for $40 per student day where they were getting a better quality of education at $30 a student day at a private level? how is it in a state like california where we are going broke
it to their advantage in states like illinois. california is a whole different story where you have an independent commission drawing the lines there. it really will dramatically shape control of congress. >> i was simply going to make the point about illinois. the viewers don't think it's only the republicans who are redrawing districts. democrats did the exact same thing in illinois, and we'll see what the results are. sometimes they draw districts expecting a certain outcome and the voters surprise them. >> brown: while we're talking about the how, because earlier we talked about the senate in a kind of bigger picture. stu, remind us about the house situation. >> all 435 seats are up in the house but not all 435 are competitive. only about 70 or so are really worth watching for the chance of one party to steal a seat from the other party. the democrats need 25 seats in order toigate majority and presumably reinstall california, nancy pelosi as speaker be as she once was. that seems unlikely. the democrats have said we have enough seats in play, and when we get out west, california, washington,
. >> got maryland locked up. >> bill: and california. got the big states. >> i'm taking -- >> bill: he hope we voted yes on measure 7 to allow gambling in maryland? >> i'm going to vote today. i'm taking my 7-year-old with me to go vote. he's never been so we're going to go. >> bill: let him punch the buttons. >> i think i might. [ laughter ] don't tell anybody though. >> bill: he can probably make as intelligent a decision as you could. >> he's better informed. >> bill: and you know, we're going to look forward here. we're looking forward. thinking positive. we're look forward to four more years of barack obama. we also have to look backward and chuckle at some of the highlights of this campaign. there have been -- think back. >> it has been insane. i was just thinking on my way in this morning -- >> bill: we were in south carolina. >> less than a year ago. so much has happened. >> bill: we remember some of the high points of this campaign. we'll bring them to you. newt gingrich, he was number one for some t
from california, former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and david winston, republican strategist. welcome, david and ellen, it seems from all accounts, that it's very, very unlikely that the house is going to change hands, the senate is still in play. but there are a lot of interesting races out there. david, first of all, right now mitt romney around virginia with george alan at his side, a close race with tim kaine, two former governors running against each other and george alan running for his former senate seat. we're hearing it is tim kaine marginally ahead but close to 50/50 race. >> this is a close race. this fizz republicans are going to pick up majority one of the key states where the opportunity lies having said that, when you've soon a lot of the survey, surveys seem to have it even or slight edge to governor kaine. one of the problems that we're all trying to work through here is, so what is this electorate going to look like? in virginia an interesting mix of different types of voters and in terms of independents, african-americans that
a lot of rain from seattle right down through portland, oregon. and stretching down in to california, as well. there could be some delays in the seattle area. anyone traveling through the mountain passes we are seeing several inches of snow. been raining and snowing out that way since last weekend. so, travel troubles continue in the northwest but everywhere else we are seeing a good amount of sunshine for what's left of the travel this evening. tonight looks clear and not too cold so icy patches not an issue but tomorrow it will actually be a white thanksgiving across portions of northern north dakota, northern minnesota. but elsewhere, again, seeing sunshine. a couple of showers possible through the chicago area. nothing that should create too too many delays and still a nuisance but most people will already be in their destination getting to thanksgiving and then friday some of that lighter rain starting to spread eastward. otherwise, thanksgiving looks good. >> thanks so much for that. >>> for more on holiday travel, we're joined by wendy saks. toure? >> let's talk about the bigg
of the university of southern california. one of them is in critical condition. police say two people are in custody. >>> "the washington post" reports that the obama administration has been in talks to build a new syrian opposition leadership to stop the violence from spread iing across the mide east. the plan is also intended to prevent radical islamic fighters from taking control of the opposition group. >>> in south carolina, income tax returns were targeted in the largest cyber attack against the state tax department in american history. more than 3 million social security numbers were compromised along with more than a million businesses and personal credit and debit cards. >>> and the new world poker champ is a 24-year-old recovering drug addict and college dropout. greg merson of maryland is the new champion. he won on the 399th hand of texas hold 'em, collecting more than 8.5 million bucks. and nice bling, a gold championship bracelet that's worth $150,000. not even a smile. >>> and now a look at how wall street begins this thursday after sandy forced a shortened week of trading. the dow cl
in missouri, they happen in california. they don't happen here. this is not supposed to happen here. it's terrible. it's people's lives and homes that are gone o',. >> fire officials say that the fire burned about 110 homes in the breezy point community. sherrie johnson abc2 news. >>> the election is just a few days away and for one little girl tuesday can't come soon enough. we're going to tell you why she's so upset about presidential politics. >>> and the average cost for a gallon of gas in maryland, right now 3.56. today you can get it a lot cheaper. find out where. >>> we're looking at the mobile phone, this means that you need to go to our app store and download our app so you can follow along with what's going on. the remnants of sandy well off to the north now. don't go anywhere, good morning maryland will be right back. . >>> the 2012 election is five days away but because of sandy president obama put campaigning on hold. instead he turned his attention to the victims of the storm, and now the recovery stage continues. political rivals are joining forces. here's. >> now a natur
cost as much as $500,000 each. >>> to a breaking story in southern california. the fbi says a terror plot two years in the making has been thwarted. four men are training to join al qaeda and the taliban. their objective to kill, kidnap, name injure americans in afghanistan. we talked of blowing up a military base with a truck bomb. authorities say suspects spent time at shooting basing and spent time studying anwar al maliki. >>> following the deadly consulate attack in benghazi, top intelligence officials tell nbc news they knew it was a terrorist attack from the start. but that it is could also have been spontaneous. and they say it was the intelligence community not the white house that wrote the talking points delivered by ambassador susan rice. 97 house republicans have signed a letter to the president opposing rice's potential nomination as secretary of state. >>> now to a check of your weather we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather forecast. something important coming up later this week. >> easy one, too. the northwest has been getting hard. good morning, e
at home and around the world. joining me now, though, is democratic congresswoman karen bass of california, a member of the house foreign affairs committee. she is among the democrats including president obama who have been defending ambassador rice. congresswoman, it's great to have you here. you are among a dozen democratic female members of the house who held a news conference last friday saying the criticism of ambassador rice smacks of sexism and racism. this letter that has come out now with 97 seconds on it of house members does include female elected leaders. it also does include minority elected leaders. why do you feel that it smacks of sexism and/or racism? >> first of all, thomas, let me begin by offering my condolences to the families, because they're going through their first holiday season without their family members and yet their family members are being used as a political football and i am very saddened by that. i have to tell you that, you know, we have many house democrats who are signing a letter, within 4 hours close to 60 democrats who signed a letter in support of
college in california, and pomona college has a thing for the number 47. they believe the number 47 holds the secret to the universe. they love it. they put it everywhere. they look for it everywhere. they see it everywhere. pomona magazine, the official magazine of pomona college wrote, quote, you might call pomona's link to the deep structure of the union years. the organ case has 47 pipes or the traditional motto, our tribute to christian civilization has 47 characters. did you know that at the time of pomona's first graduating class in 1984 there were 47 students enrolled and if you want to go deeper into the mystery, did you notice the last two digits equal 47 times 2? the article goes on like that for another 2,000 words. you know who else thought the number 47 kind of explained it all? >> 47% of the people who vote for the president obama no matter what. 47% who are with him who are satisfied with government and believe they are victims and government has the responsibility to care for them and believe that they're entitled to health care, food, housing, to you name it. these are p
nearly 3.5 million people have cast their election lot. texas is second, california ranking third, trailing texas by just about 15,000 close votes. >> the fate of human dignity in our hands. blood's been spilt to afford us this moment. now, now, now! >> daniel day lewis from the upcoming movie "lincoln" portraying arguably the most popular and influential president ever. the latest cinematic blockbuster of steven spielberg. we take note steven spielberg and wife kate cap shaw have donated almost $1.3 million. bill maher and morgan freeman both giving about $1 million to that same obama superpac. as far as congressional contributions, california democrat howard berman has received almost $425,000 either directly or through a super pac. when we last saw berman he was taking part in the debate. that is a congressman on the left. things got a little bit nasty there by the way. polls are showing berman losing his battle to remain in congress. those are your number once. live from democracy plaza here on weekends with alex witt. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we
? >> let's go. >> let's go. let's play. [dramatic musical flourish] [applause] california's mariposa county got its name from spanish explorers who discovered huge numbers of what creatures there? >> mariposa county... i have no idea what that may mean in spanish, so i am going... god, mariposa county, huh? "huge numbers of what creatures there"? yeah, i'm gonna... i'm gonna bat away the question. >> okay, batting away the question. it's now out of play. let us see the correct answer. butterflies is the correct answer. mariposa is spanish for butterfly. now let's see how much money you batted away. ooh. [audience groaning] ouch. >> all right, that's all right. >> okay. all right, well, that money is gone now. you batted it away. but because of that, listen. you're 1 question closer to the million, now just 7 away. and you still have one lifeline left. "wealthy woman" is the category. called "the youngest self-made female billionaire in history" by forbes, sara blakely made a fortune after creating what company? >> [clears throat] i think, you know, i might be wearing something like that. [l
title game. they're heavily favored. >> so i go away on vacation, i'm in napa, california. come back, boom, twinkies gone. i can tell you this, there's a chance they will not be extinct after all. analysts say well-known companies are expressing interest in hostess products including pepperidge farm and the company that makes tasty cakes. there's also a potential buyer out of mexico called bimbo bakeries. >> do not go on vacation again. >> i'm sorry. the chocolate cup cakes? delicious. anyway, clock, ticking on the american economy year-end fiscal cliff we've been talking about for awhile here. a challenge, president obama mentioned on his pan asian tour just this week. >> i'm confident that we can get our fiscal situation dealt with. and i think it's important to recognize that yeah democracy is a little messier than alternative systems of government. but that's because democracy allows everybody to have a voice. >> mayors across the country are urging washington to get it back to the before it's too late. they're gathering in washington, d.c. to lay out the issues their cities will
of the northeast, it's now a recovery mission. and yesterday california military planes were loaded with utility vehicles ready to be shipped into new york. an army of some 50,000 utility workers from across the country, even canada, being deployed to the region to help in the massive project to restore power which will take weeks. three navy warships are anchored off the northeast coast to help with the relief effort. in new jersey, military trucks are being deployed to operate as polling places on election day in the hardest-hit communities still remain without power. now, the good news does trickle out slowly. today amtrak will begin offering limited service between new york city and boston. and new jersey transit will also start moving today with limited service. the new york subway system continues to make advances. the "m" train linking queens to manhattan just started running, but there are still no trains running below 34th street where half of manhattan remains in the dark. so the millions of new yorkers who depend on subways, they're now waiting in those long lines for buses. for those
on means bringing in more than 40,000 workers from 49 out of 50 states. in california, the air force began airlifting more than 60 utility vehicles to new york aboard huge cargo planes. and these workers from alabama pitching in near hard-hit atlantic city. >> they understand the value that comes from being able to serve others. >> reporter: at its peak, more than 8 million customers had no electricity. it's half that number now, and a million more get their power back each day, better than after hurricane irene. on long island, we found this crew working 16-hour days, their own homes without electricity, repairing a downed line for powerless residents. >> i saw the truck down the street. i said, i hope they're coming my way. >> reporter: the crew was, and moments later, lights came on for the first time since monday. >> oh, yeah. >> yay! >> we just got our lights back. thank you, lord. >> reporter: these workers you see here, they are replacing a telephone pole, utility poles that were blown over by the storm. it is slow work. it takes about two hours to remove and replace each one of the
've seen this before. in 2000, karl rove said, george w. bush was going to win california. they spent millions and millions of dollars on advertising there. they sent bush out there, precious time, near the end of the campaign. i said, tad devine, carter, those of us involved in that campaign, so we're not spending one dime in california, and gore won the state by 1.3 million votes. the wish can't become father to the reality, which is what's going on here. >> like a team trying to talk their way to a championship instead of playing the game, so to speak. shouldn't romney have florida wrapped up? >> he should. he has a lot of -- there, he has structural advantages because he's got the governor and virtually all the statewide officials. but i think the medicare, and the republicans like to say, oh, we've countered it with this lie about a $716 billion cut under obama care, when in fact there is no such cut. there's no cut in benefits. i think that seniors have figured out two things. one, romney wants to replace medicare with voucher care. they don't like it. but isn't it the latino an
-mails -- that is mike from california. nancy from texas says -- front page of "the financial times" has the picture that a lot of folks have in their papers this morning. al in indiana on are democrats' line, good morning. caller: good morning. i believe that you can add to that question and put on a few more words. you look at who the president had to reach across the aisle to. i go back to one of president obama's addresses to congress when congressman wilson from california shouted out in front of a live audience on tv, "you lie." i think that is indicative of where this republican party is. the entire country is being held hostage because of the republican party's refusal to evolve. demographically, the republican party does not pay respect to women, to minorities, and they have no national candidates for office as a result of that. they are worried about all things vagina and ridiculous things like that. host: darlene on a republican line. what is your opinion? caller: i want to tell you i used to be a democrat. 14idn't like it when those democrats left town, got paid, and weren't there to vot
ceo of ebay, meg whitman, in california spent $125 million of her own fortune and it didn't work. she lost the governorship to jerry brown who obviously spent a lot less. because you're spending this money doesn't mean that you're persuading voters to your point of view. >> to your point, we have an ad which is from americans for prosperity which imagines a future world in which china dominates the united states. it's a pretty ugly ad. >> yes. >> but it's also dumb. if you look at the front page of the "new york times" today, there's a story that says all the highly skilled people in china are actually leaving to go elsewhere. so it seems like a dumb ad in the likes of that analysis. >> plus, to offend your largest creditor, which clearly it's offensive as well and borderline racist -- >> zen o phobia never hurt some of these organizations. >> there's no reason to offend your largest creditor. we need to work with the chinese, we need to work with the japanese, we need to work with all the people who are financing our massive debt and not offend them in any way. >> many of our viewers
years of debilitating gridlock. joining us from oakland is democratic senator from california barbara boxer. senator boxer, pleasure to have you on the show. >> nice to be on your show. >> senator, you know, we've talked about the makeup of the next senate and some early prognosticators are saying, the actual power shift in terms of seats held won't change that much, but you may end up seeing a more liberal democratic caucus in the upper chamber just by virtue of who the folks coming in are and believe. i call -- the race between joe donnelly and richard mourdock, mourdock was supposed to have this butnd up. the seat may go to donnelly. chris murphy replacing joe lieberman and tammy baldwin may replace herb in wisconsin. what does that mean in terms of the caucus and animating policies of the democratic caucus and the upper chamber? >> i think this focus on liberal and conservative misses the entire point. the question is, are we going to come together, meet each other half way and make sure this economic recovery continues? these are the big issues facing us in this election and the
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